For the first time in 10 years, Italian game developer Milestone has the ability to make official WorldSBK games.
The news comes from parent company Koch Media’s Q3 2021 financial results, which operates as part of the wider Embrace Group.
In response to a question about the future of Milestone, there was the following, enlightening, statement:
“I think Milestone can grow in both areas. For us, the simulation is important and I see very good space for growth,” said Luisa Bixio, Vice President of Milestone s.r.l. in today’s (17th February 2022) Embracer Group financial results presentation.
“We work on MotoGP and we work on SBK, which is a licence we just signed last year and the first title will be this year in July.”
The FIM Superbike World Championship is a real-world motorcycle racing championship and currently has a mobile game for iOS and Android devices created by Digital Tales, that covers the 2020 and 2021 real-world seasons.
But home console and PC gamers haven’t been able to play an official title since Milestone’s SBK Generations in 2012.
Not only is this new pleasing for SBK fans, but July 2022 is a mere five months away and comes as something as a surprise for the racing game market.
“We work on [Super/Moto]cross where we will announce new projects increasing that side of the market that is very popular both in Europe and the US.
“So, I see a very good space for growth in this area, and a very good space in the arcade area, that we touched with Hot Wheels,” continued the CEO.
Over the past decade, the Milanese studio has focussed its track-based two-wheeled racing development on the MotoGP franchise, alongside creating yearly releases for the Motocross World Championship (MXGP) and AMA Supercross championships. It recently landed a smash-hit with Hot Wheels Unleashed, selling over one million units.
No finer details, images or video have been released for a new Superbike game as of yet, but we hope to hear more soon.
Featured image source: Toprak Razgatlioglu, PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Team, Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK – Gold and Goose, Motorsport Images